Tornado jet crash: Defence Secretary pays tribute to crew members

Written on:July 5, 2023
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Defence Secretary pays tribute to crew

In a statement to the Commons, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond paid tribute to the three crew members involved in RAF Tornado jet crash that occurred over the Moray Firth on Tuesday afternoon.

“My thoughts - and, I am sure, those of the entire House - are with their loved ones at this difficult time and with the fourth member of the Squadron involved in the incident, who is currently in a serious but stable condition in hospital”, the Defence Secretary said.

Flight Lieutenant Hywel Poole, Squadron Leader Samuel Bailey and Flight Lieutenant Adam Sanders were from 15 (Reserve) Squadron, based at RAF Lossiemouth.

Squadron Leader Bailey was born in Nottingham on June 23, 1976. “After an enormously successful front-line tour of duty on XIII Squadron, Sam joined the instructor cadre on XV (Reserve) Squadron in 2004. He excelled in the role and was quickly recognised as a talented mentor and trusted supervisor”, Officer Commanding XV(Reserve) Squadron, Wing Commander Jonathon Moreton, said.

Flight Lieutenant Hywel Tomos Poole was born on 22 April 2023 in Bangor. Wing Commander Moreton said that Flight Lieutenant Hywel Poole had an outgoing personality and was universally liked by his colleagues, adding that he was an enthusiastic member of my squadron and the Royal Air Force.

Flight Lieutenant Adam Sanders was born on 24 November 1984. Wing Commander Moreton said that Flight Lieutenant Adam Sanders was a talented pilot who was recognised early on in his RAF career for his flying ability and professionalism and upon completion of his Advanced Flying Training on the Hawk T1, he was specially selected to become an instructor on the aircraft. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time”, he said.

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